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Religion or Belief

Religion and Belief are protected characteristics under the Equality Act 2010. Religion includes any religion. People are also protected if they do not follow a certain religion or have no religion at all. Additionally, a religion must have a clear structure and belief system. Belief means any religious or philosophical belief or a lack of such belief. To be protected, a belief must satisfy various criteria, including that it is a weighty and substantial aspect of human life and behaviour. (ACAS July 2010)

Please also see the FAQs on Religion or Belief


Did you know...
  • The Office of National Statistics approximate that 61% of the UK population regard themselves as belonging to some form of religion.
  • Local figures for Coventry in 2011 indicate that the four largest religious groups are:
    • Christians (53.7%)
    • Sikhs (5.0%)
    • Muslims (7.5%)
    • Hindus (3.5%)

Religion & Belief 2018

(Equality Monitoring Annual Report 2018)


What are we doing?
In the last International Student Barometer the faith provisions at the University of Warwick were voted Number 1 amongst cooperating institutions in the UK, across Europe and world wide and we are justly proud of this.
The Chaplaincy has one of the best resourced Islamic prayer centres in any UK University and both Christian and Jewish requirements are also well provided for. The Chaplaincy prayer hall is open from 7am to 10.30pm, and the Islamic prayer hall is open 24 hours 7 days a week. Staff and students can access these buildings with their University card.
Warwick Religions and Education Research Centre within the Institute of Education produces a range of research on religious topics.
Interested in a Multi-Faith Staff Network?

We are currently considering setting up a Multi-Faith Staff Network, if there is interest in this being offered. If you would like to join the Multi-Faith Network mailing list please complete this short form.

Upcoming meeting

We will be holding a meeting for the proposed Multi-Faith Staff Network to gauge interest and speak to staff about what they would want a Multi-Faith Network to look like. The meeting details are:

Friday 28 June

12 - 1pm

S1.69, Social Sciences

Diversity Calendar Image 2017/18 - Diwali at Coventry Mandir
Information Guides:

Guide to Healthy Fasting

A Guide to Christianity

A Guide to Hinduism

A Guide to Islam

A Guide to Judaism

A Guide to Sikhism

Useful Links:

University Chaplaincy

Diversity Calendar 2017/18 (includes religious dates and celebrations)

Equality Challenge Unit - Religion and Belief

ACAS - Religion and Belief Discrimination